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Clara Jeffers Canales of San Antonio, TX was born on September 23, 1928. She entered into rest on April 8, 2014 at age 85. Clara was married to her husband of 62 years, Jose Canales, in 1947. Her death comes on the 5-year anniversary of his passing. Clara was a loving and devoted mother to her 6 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her family always came first in her life. She decided to return to school in the 1980s and graduated from UTSA in 1988 at the age of 59 with a BBA in Human Resources. After completing an alternative teacher certification, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Edgewood ISD. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jose Canales; daughters, Phyllis Canales and Deborah Yrle; son-in-law, Jack Terrell; and grandchildren, Anna Aguilar and Richard Aguilar. She is survived by her children, Joe Canales and wife Grace, Maureen Gonzalez and husband Roman, Cindy Terrell, and Jeffrey Canales; son-in-law, Robert Yrle; grandchildren, Jennifer Canales, Joe Canales, Shannon Yrle and Chelsea Yrle; and great-grandchildren Britani Aguilar and Brooke Aguilar. Special thanks to Elsa & Ray Rios and family for their care and support. A private family service will be held. In Clara's memory, a donation may be made to the organization of your choice or the UTSA Alumni Association.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 20, 2014